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Good design is one part technology to two parts psychology and a swig of art history. Stir just until the lumps disappear.

Twitter / johnmaeda: Good design is one part … 2:17am on April 29, 2014

Data can tell us everything; except why we love, yearn, wonder, imagine, grow, need, live, and die.

Twitter / umairh: Data can tell us everything; … 2:16am on April 29, 2014

Who should care about your companies existence? Why should you matter to them? How can you communicate this in a clear, consistent, flexible, and meaningful way?

Branding is Rarely About Being the Best 2:11am on April 29, 2014

If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy.

Frank Chimero – What Advice Would You Give To A Graphic Design Student? 1:19am on April 29, 2014

The grayscale box-and-line nature of wireframes discourages emotive design, eschewing it for hierarchy, structure, and logic. That’s correct when your goal is deliver logical easy-to-follow experiences, but when you’re trying to make something fun, memorable, remarkable, or thoroughly engaging, it best to cast them aside.

Some things can’t be wireframed | Inside Intercom 1:18am on April 29, 2014

A website is its own, singular thing. We know it isn’t a book, a TV show, a film, or a song, but our language is limited to talking about it in those restrictive boxes. A website is a mix of all of those things, and none of those things. It is influenced by place and time. A website changes with age. It can evolve and regress.

Discourse in web design | Jason Santa Maria 1:16am on April 29, 2014

I don’t know if my youthful fear of math originated within me or was a response to external cues and gendered expectations. Likely, it was a combination of the two. But I do know that no one ever challenged that belief; until that moment in that classroom in the spring of my freshman year, no one ever said, “Hey, you’re good at this.”

The Pastry Box Project 1:11am on April 29, 2014

While our new post-Internet Explorer 6 world enables an amazing array of browser effects, the one tool we all need is constraint. Though the people we serve—managers, stakeholders, and clients—come to us with parallax envy, we must be mindful of who we are all really working for: their customers, the users.

And They All Look Just the Same – Cognition: The blog of web design & development firm Happy Cog 12:57am on April 29, 2014

The joy of pulp is the guilty pleasure of momentum, the sensation of progress, the whiplash of a joyride. That’s why chapters are so short in those terrible Dan Brown novels. You here and then you’ve finished it and now you’re there, and woah, look I’m reading! Look at all I’ve read!

Frank Chimero – A Bit of Nothing on Madness and Rowing 12:47am on April 29, 2014